In my last article, I talked about the need to DEFRAG our minds. To remove the “engineered” fear, resentment, anger, and greed that we have been “programmed” to buy into to allow the “status quo” power elite to continue their rape of the world’s economy and enslave the majority of us. I assure you I understand that statement does seem a little “out there”, but it is the truth and the historical facts reveal the truth of that statement.
We saw a slight glimpse of our power as we, on a global basis, stepped up and said no to slinging missiles at Syria. Now we have to turn that same conscious determination toward the politicians and banksters who are raping our economies. We need to counter the armies of influence that sends its brigades of Wall Streeter’s, lobbyists, AIPAC, Harvard and Stanford MBA’s, and the Fed’s minions to buy and intimidate our weak and greedy members of Congress, as they are the agents that wages the elites war against the American people, and for that matter, the people of Europe and the Middle East.
Yes indeed, inside American and European governments, from presidents to Prime Ministers to Congress and European Parliaments, and yes even the Supreme Courts have been waging relentless and frequent wars against the people and been doing it for decades. Ever ask yourself why Chief Justice Roberts deems corporations as citizens for elections purposes but not for the purpose of jailing its executives and boards when corporations commit crimes? Why the US Attorney General says bringing criminal charges for criminal acts perpetrated by bankers could bring down our economies? Really? How does that work in practical senses? We hook up a few of the Big Five CEOs and the world economy collapses?
When we say war, just what do we mean by that exactly? Let us go over some of these wars. I am sure we all know the War on Poverty that Lyndon Johnson announced in his State of the Union Address on January 8, 1964. Close to $800 billion has been spent on this war, a war with the intention to alleviate the poverty in America. Well, are we winning the War? The American people as taxpayers are losing the war and poverty is winning. After some 50 years the poverty line is still around 19% and it is unlikely that we will see any improvement in our lifetime.
With an average of $35 billion a year being spent as part of the War on Poverty, including some innovative program names such as Great Society, VISTA, Job Corps, Head Start, there are now, according to 2012 figures some 43 million American living below poverty line, 47 million people on food stamps, including some 2.9 million children who are homeless, and 1.5 million Americans living on less than $2 a day. What is Congress’ solution? Cut the food stamp program and Head Start!
Now let’s take a look at the War on Drugs, which seems our government is winning by keeping this war raging on Americans, especially poor Americans. Richard Nixon declared his War on Drugs back in 1971 and while the different drug fighting agencies and the military spend tens of billions, drugs continue to flow into the US and our prisons are filled almost to capacity. We are number 1 in the world with the highest percentage of incarcerated population with over 2.3 million in jail, and our most economically disadvantaged young black and brown youth bearing unequally the highest percentage of those incarcerated.
While our nation schools are run down and in desperate need of repairs and expansion, our national budget for prisons exceeds $60 billion annually, with some $5 billion allocated to building new prisons as part of the “privatization” programs which are giving private corporations the funds and the profits to the tune of $24,000 per prisoner. Drugs are winning, we citizens are losing our treasure, our children and our future and our governments (Federal and state) and its partners are winning with profits and asset seizures. This, as more and more stories reveal, allow our government to keep supporting the Taliban, Mexican and Columbian Drug cartels, and the Afghan heroin trade, which in turn funds the different “black box operations”. One simple fact is to check out how fast poppy production in Afghanistan has increased since we invaded that country. I rest my case.
America’s wars against its citizens do not stop at poverty and drugs, it goes beyond that to affect some 45 million of uninsured Americans, with millions mainly in the poorest state such as West Virginia, Mississippi, Kentucky, North and South Carolina are unable to afford visiting a health or dental clinic for years. Medical expenses are the biggest factor in the ever increasing number of people declaring bankruptcy. Yet the very representatives of these states in the House and Senate votes tens of billions in aid to Israel, a country that enjoys much better health care than most Americans. Why do the citizens of these states keep returning these corrupt representatives back to Congress without demanding funding for health care here at home?
Last, but certainly not least is the war on terrorism. This is the “Granddaddy” of them all. Some cost estimates are $10 trillion and counting. In a previous article, we tried to illustrate the meaning of “a trillion” of anything because we need to see numbers in terms we can understand what that really means. For example, a trillion seconds is 32,000 YEARS! So 10 trillion seconds is 320,000 YEARS! Hope that helps illustrate the perspective here.
Then there is the manufactured “crisis’s” that go along with the wars. We start with the Savings & Loan Association Crisis of 1980-1990 where 747 savings & loans went bust costing us poor taxpayers over $341 Billion. Then came the Junk Bond Crisis, where certain greedy bankers such as Drexel Burnham Lambert organized what is called a “leveraged buyout” of well-known companies, which simply meant looting them out of the cash they had and then making the stock worthless, and then finally offer these stocks as “junk bonds” to another groups of financial crooks. This crisis cost American taxpayers over $500 billion, not to mention the trillions of shareholders assets that went up in smoke.
Then we had the “Internet Bubble”. Promoters with registered “corporate names” only and simple idea were able to raise tens of millions of dollars and the result was billions simply disappeared in what is known now as the “Internet Bubble” of 2003-2006.
When the crooks of Enron waged war on California, rigging electricity and energy prices causing California to almost go bust, Bill Clinton’s then Treasury Secretary Larry Summers simply refused to even consider the legitimate claims of Californians that Enron was rigging the prices. Secretary Summers did not believe the millions of consumers but he believed Enron. Enron employees who put their trust in the management and in the audit company and in the Federal Government who were bound to protect their interests, lost hundreds of millions of their 401Ks and of course their life time savings in company stocks that became worthless. Many simply lost everything, including their entire pension funds.
Then came the Auto crisis, with its government bailout that cost 40,000 out of 60,000 good paying jobs with employees losing most of their pension benefits. Then the Housing Crisis and we all know someone affected by the mess that continues to this day. Billions of hard earned savings invested in our homes up in smoke and the banks can’t even determine who really owns those mortgages anymore!
You see when you lay it all out like this, it is as obvious as a heart attack, is it not? No need to go back to the Great Depression, but we only need to go back to the last 30 years or so and go over some of these campaigns against the American people. Government campaigns orchestrated by banksters, and corporate elite that robbed us of our savings, our pensions, our 401Ks, our shareholdings and investments in publicly traded companies, robbed us of the equity in our homes which for most Americans are the only true savings. Left us with crumpling schools and infrastructure, hopeless for a better future, our best and brightest youth dead or scarred for life because of endless wars that ripped their very souls out.
We don’t need to get angry. We don’t need to demand anyone’s head on a platter, because quite frankly there aren’t that many platters available and we have to honestly look in the mirror and ask ourselves why we let this go on for so long. You won’t like the answer.
However, it must stop now. We must right the ship and get back on course to the future of our true destiny as a civilization. Enough is enough! Those responsible for this carnage must be removed and where justified, stand before a jury of their peers to be judged and punished if necessary and it must start right now, today. Like calm responsible parents, we must stop this insanity before it is too late and everyone gets hurt even more. We simply have to get off our collective asses, accept the responsibility to make it right and do exactly what we did when it came to Syria. Let’s not stop now!
PS: A little note to my friends who are comfortable and may even consider themselves a part of “the elite”, you are not. If you are not in the top ½%, you are just the gilded slaves. There is no immunity in war. Ask yourselves, “Do I have a ticket to a DUMB facility?” See what I mean?